At the base of Pikes Peak and the gateway to Ute Pass and the Rocky Mountains, lies a charming section of Colorado Springs adoringly referred to as Old Colorado City. Here one can meander through a seemingly endless row of privately owned businesses including art galleries, cafes, eclectic souvenir shops, antique stores, and southwestern décor suppliers. Many of the shops are housed in turn of the century Victorians and brick buildings restored through the years but holding onto those architectural details that capture the essence of 19th century Colorado Springs.
This area is a draw for tourists looking for some small token of their Colorado adventure and in the summer the streets are filled with visitors strolling from shop to shop seeking the ones that capture the flavor of the Ute Indian culture and the southwestern décor. The shops are open year round and locals enjoy the unhurried interaction with owners during the winter season sometimes stopping to enjoy a fresh cup of tea or hot apple cider. In my opinion, the corner stone and most famous attraction is the Michael Garman Gallerywhich is a must see on anyone's visitor agenda. I've lived here for years and still make it a point to drop in whenever in the area. This week as I was doing a little Christmas shopping for family, I had the pleasure of interacting with Michael as he stepped out from behind his Magic Town display inside the store. It's always a thrill to meet the master behind this intriguing ingenious artistic creation.
As a Realtor I love this area of Colorado Springs because the eclectic mix of homes in the neighborhood is as individual as the personalities of the residents. Rows upon rows of Victorians mixed with unique Bungalows and Craftsman style line the streets behind the shops and make for one of the most unique districts to be found anywhere in the country. Even one bedroom cottages no larger than 650 square feet are eagerly purchased by those desiring to be within walking distance of the culture and flavor of the neighborhood. Old Colorado City should be on every visitor itinerary to the Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak area allowing one to enjoy the picturesque venture back into yesteryear where shop owners greet you at the door and make you feel welcome as though you were an old friend dropping by for a visit.